Ahhh, cast iron. This centuries-old cooking method has withstood the test of time, and for good reason! But if you’ve ever owned cast iron, you can attest that there’s a love/hate relationship that comes with this efficient and durable cookware. It’s amazing to cook with, but cleanup can be a bit of a nightmare. Luckily, we have an incredible kitchen hack for you. All you need is one ingredient to clean your cast iron pan.“One ingredient?” you may ask skeptically. Yes, only one! You’ll need a brush or towel to scrub with, but just reach into your RV’s cabinet and pull out an ingredient that we can almost guarantee you always keep stocked!
No special cleaners, no crazy scrubbing accessories, and absolutely no soaking. All you need is simple everyday Kosher salt! Cleaning cast iron is tricky business, since a layer of oil, referred to as seasoning, is required to keep your pan’s nonstick quality and prevent rusting. If you mercilessly scrub your pan with abrasive scrubbers or harsh chemicals, you’ll strip away the seasoning and potentially damage your cookware. So how does this salt method work?
Typically you can clean your cast iron pan by simply giving it a wipe with a damp towel or gently scrubbing it with a sponge or a stiff brush for more stubborn, stuck-on food. There are times when it isn't so easy though, like if food got burned, glazed over, or practically glued itself to your cast iron. For these cases, just throw some salt on it!
HOW TO CLEAN CAST IRON WITH ONE INGREDIENT
What You’ll Need:
- Kosher salt
- Stiff brush or a towel
- Brush out as much debris from the pan as you can. If you have a considerable amount of grease, scoop out as much as possible.
- Shake a layer of kosher salt in the bottom of your cast iron pan.
- Let the salt soak for about three minutes.
- Using the stiff brush or towel, scrub the salt around the pan thoroughly, focusing more on particularly stuck-on spots.
- Rinse the salt out of the pan with warm water.
- Dry the pan completely, rub with a thin layer of cooking oil, then bake at 375 degrees for one hour.
Who would have thought that kosher salt could have saved the day like that? This super easy kitchen hack uses this everyday ingredient to clean your cast iron pans, and will save you from an after-meal cleanup headache! This hack won’t even take up a lot of your RV’s limited water supply!
Speaking of RVs, if you have a great collection of cast iron but no fifth wheel or travel trailer, All Seasons RV Supercenter features a huge selection of RVs for sale near Muskegon, Michigan, to make it easy to venture out and get cooking over the campfire! Our easy special financing works with any budget, and our discounts are so deep that you’ll save $1000s! Just think of all the cast iron you can buy with that kind of money!
What other hacks or tips do you have for cast iron maintenance? Leave us a comment to share your ideas!